NASCAR’s COVID-19 protocols sideline LaJoie

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Corey LaJoie will miss Sunday’s race at Michigan due to NASCAR’s COVID-19 protocols.

LaJoie posted “Protocols” on Twitter in what gave the impression to be clarification that he has not examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was lacking the race due to NASCAR’s pandemic guidelines. Spire Motorsports mentioned Thursday that Josh Berry will substitute LaJoie within the No. 7 Chevrolet.

LaJoie has one top-10 end this season and is twenty ninth within the Cup Collection standings.

Berry, in the meantime, was introduced as a full-time Xfinity Collection driver subsequent season for JR Motorsports. The 30-year-old has run a restricted schedule with JRM this yr and scored his first profession victory at Martinsville in April. He was scheduled to interchange Michael Annett at Michigan in Saturday’s Xfinity race.

Berry has one profession Cup begin, earlier this season for Spire at Dover.

NASCAR this week tightened its protocols on the recommendation of its consulting physicians as instances of COVID-19 have spiked throughout the nation. Solely important personnel are permitted to journey to the observe, visitor entry was reduce within the storage and on the beginning grid, and masks are actually necessary in all indoor areas.

Drivers are prohibited from visiting suites and their motion routes might be adjusted to keep away from informal interactions with followers. The honorary tempo automotive driver, visitor tempo automotive rides and grand marshal automotive passengers have all been suspended.

NASCAR was one of many first main sports activities to renew competitors final yr firstly of the pandemic and its tight protocols made it the primary sport to finish a full season. The protocols have been eased starting in Could, however necessary masks carrying was reinstated earlier this month.

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